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Port Wentworth Zaxby's set to open
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Licensees Brad Whitfield and Craig Jones will open the doors to Port Wentworth’s first Zaxby’s restaurant this Monday.  
Zaxby’s, a Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and Buffalo wings, is located at 100 Old Richmond Rd., behind CVS, at the intersection of Highway 21 and Highway 30.  

The restaurant will operate 10:30 a.m-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday.

“We are thrilled to offer Zaxby’s to Port Wentworth residents,” said Whitfield.  “Zaxby’s has enjoyed great success as a business, employer and neighborhood partner in the Savannah area, and we are excited to bring another convenient location to this growing community.”

The new Port Wentworth restaurant showcases Zaxby’s unique interior design, featuring a bright, open interior décor, complemented by vintage memorabilia and signage.

The 2,375-square-foot restaurant will provide comfortable booths and tables, with a seating capacity of 56. Zaxby’s also provides drive-thru services.

Whitfield believes the restaurant — from the atmosphere to the service — will exceed community expectations.  

“We’ve assembled a great team of over 40 team members who, we are confident, will deliver on the Zaxby’s mission to ‘consistently create encore experiences that enrich lives one person at a time,’” he said.

 The new location is the fifth for Chatham County and the 163rd for the state. Zaxby’s currently operates more than 395 locations in 10 states throughout the Southeast — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Zaxby’s is a “quick-casual” restaurant chain headquartered in Athens. Zaxby’s opened its first restaurant in Statesboro in March 1990 and by July 2001 opened its 100th location in Jacksonville, Fla.  

Zaxby’s celebrated its 200th restaurant opening in its hometown of Athens in May 2004, and in December 2005 observed its 300th opening in Dallas.  

Zaxby’s founders Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley looked around their community and saw plenty of fast food or sit-down dining options, but felt something was missing.

They decided to provide the freshest chicken fingers and Buffalo wings in town. That hatched a simple idea to create a fun atmosphere where food quality is of the utmost importance.

In 1990, they opened the first Zaxby’s in Statesboro. The concept, one of the early “quick-casual” restaurants, proved successful.

McLeroy and Townley opened four more restaurants, and in 1994, they began to franchise the brand. The food and service was so popular, the Athens-based chain has boomed to more than 395 units in 10 Southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia) and continues to grow.  

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